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“Flowers everywhere”

Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Theodore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry in a Southern estate garden with blooms and beauties every day of the year. It is our passion at Bellingrath Gardens and Home to preserve and enhance the 65-acre garden and grand estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed March 19, 2013

We had visited this place about 10 years ago and it has not changed. We got there at the right time! The azaleas were in full bloom and they are everywhere in the gardens. Though this appears to be a great place for azaleas 90% of the gardens contain only one type which comes in 3 colors. Since there are many types of azaleas I had hoped for much more variety. They do have winter and summer annuals decorating many of the paths.
The house is very interesting and simply very curious. Definitely recommend visiting the house as well.

1  Thank Tetraploid4x
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had spent several hours at the USS Alabama memorial, and had second thoughts about trying to visit Bellingrath on the same day. I'm so glad we forged ahead and didn't miss this treasure! I am a gardener and so the 65-acre property, stunningly abloom with azealas, was heaven for me. But my husband enjoyed it just as much. The home tour provided a nice overview of the history of the property, and the story of Walter Bellingrath and family. The only disappointment was that we missed the last river tour of the day -- have to go back to do that. The admission pricing is nicely structured to allow visitors to choose the options for entry -- gardens, home and river tour. Choose what's of interest to you.

1  Thank JAP1952
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

The 65 beautiful acres at Bellingrath Gardens and House provide the visitor a wonderful opportunity to view a great garden. We visited when the spring azaleas were at their peak which added to the beauty of the grounds. The gardens were developed during the 1920s by a wealthy Mobile couple. A trust was set up by Mr. Bellingrath to keep the gardens maintained in memory of his wife, who loved the gardens so much. What a lovely tribute. The gardens are not too formal and really enhance the natural beauty of the property. Most areas are wheelchair accessible. Natural artesian wells have been utilized to create fountains and waterfalls. The couple built a house on the property that can be toured too and a river boat ride is also available. We just enjoyed the grounds and also the soup, salad, and sandwich lunch that is available beside the gift shop.

2  Thank Audrey S
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Our only regret was that we couldn't spend more time here!!! We paid for the grounds and house tour!! Well worth it! Fascinating tour of the house and learned lots of history!!! But the grounds stole your breath away!!! Even in the winter! We would love to come back at different seasons. They decorate for Christmas and would like to see this.

1  Thank Laurie O
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Beautiful place, reasonably priced. Definitely take the house tour this home is filled with relics from the time period, china, silver and beautifully furnishings. Yet the house seems livable not like a story book castle like many we’ve toured. We were there in Feb. and missed the azaleas, roses and they should be beautiful during season.

1  Thank CWG51
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